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Blocked borders, fuel pumps running out of gasoline, supermarkets that don't get fresh produce supply ... these are just a few of the consequences of a strike by Spanish and French truckers against high diesel prices. The strike is taking place this week. Currently, diesel prices are around €1.30/liter in Spain and €1.45 in France (that translates to $7.71 U.S. and $8.62 a gallon, respectively. You can see energy prices for all EU country members here). Those prices might be high compared to other countries, but that's not all that's not all the drivers are mad about: diesel prices have jumped up 40 percent in less than a year.

Major cities in Spain such as Valencia, Madrid or Barcelona suffered traffic jams because of demonstrations where trucks were driven at low speeds, making getting around difficult for other vehicles (the picture above shows one of Barcelona's main entry, the C-58 highway). The two main borders between Spain and France, La Jonquera and Irun, were also blocked and demonstrators prevented any truck from crossing. In response, the Spanish government offered an agreement to the Freight Unions. It includes a flexible fare system where transport could reflect fuel prices directly, as well as other measures like subventions for early retirement.


[Source: El País]


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      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm with you on this 100% Gale. YOU certainly made a point. Truckers have a very hard job, and are very underappreciated. I do not have truckers in my family, but I sypathize with everyone that has to try and earn a living while paying these ridiculous high prices at the pump. It's insane what this country has come to ...of course I blame our current administration!! They are the cause for everything, starting with the Iraq war, and it all filters down to where we are now. Not sure if what BUSH has done can be undone. I'm not sure that OBama is man enough, but I hope he's the one..better than another war loving, Republican who could only get us into more hot water.
      lgmouth123
      • 4 Months Ago
      Jims Comment "YOU CAN'T WIN" is why we are in the sutuation we are in, basically this whole thing comes down to one class of people in this country, the ones who keep it going, the Middle Class, without them the poor would'nt be getting everything for free, the rich would'nt be makeing millions and all the illegals would still be in their own countries. The blacks, the gays, the moms the Mexicans and the like have all marched their asses on Washingtion for gains, what do the middle class do? they bitch and bitch but do nothing. It's time for middle class America to stand up and be counted or it's time for the state militias to get together and do what our founding fathers would want us to do, remember ACTIONS speak louder than words, you don't get something for nothing in this country unless you are a Politician or fight for it, sacrifice, something so many of you don't know.
      Flounder(fish) is $15.00 a pound fueled by high cost of fuel, I have plenty of fishing rods, be glad to lend you one, Mr & Mrs America get off your lazy asses and make noise.
      owenssylvn
      • 4 Months Ago
      A truck averages 7 mpg and runs 50 miles every hour. At $5 a gallon, it cost approx. $35 a hour to work. A owner/operator is lucky to make a $1 per mile for a load. How can he/she survive on that after truck payment, insurance, food, maintainance for the truck?
      BERNICE
      • 4 Months Ago
      EVEN IF WE STARTED DRILLING TOMORROW IN THIS COUNTRY, IT WOULDN'T HELP US. WE HAVE NO REFINERIES THAT CAN HANDLE THE EXTRA LOAD. THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE BECAUSE THE PRICE HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID. THE PRICE WILL NEVER GO DOWN NOW. EVEN WHEN WE DO DRILL HERE, YOU DON'T THINK WE WILL GET TO USE OUR OWN OIL DO YOU? IT'S MORE PROFITABLE TO EXPORT IT. DUH. USE YOUR HEAD.
      • 4 Months Ago
      I think Bush should flood the oil market with the oil reserve for a week and watch what happens
      walkerhds
      • 4 Months Ago
      "some of you don't remember the Reagan days when the ATC guys walked out. Reagan brought in the military to control the airports. Today the same thing will happen to truckers, they will be out of a job, and your favorite president will install military drivers to do all the transporting. You can't win."
      say what? In the case of the ATC, you are looking at relatively-small body of professionals, and I doubt the installation of military controllers occured at every airport in the country simultaneously. They would not have had the manpower to cover both civilian and military operations for long, even in the relative peace of the Cold War.

      Now.. let's jump to 2008. Two wars ongoing, even Guard units are getting rotated thru for multiple tours. Do you honestly think we have the manpower in the military to provide a driver for every semi out there, as well as keep Iraq and Afghanistan locked down? Add to that that truck-driving does require special training and licensure, unless you want that semi-load of couches graunching grandma and her bridge club in their Oldsmobile because the driver can't control the rig. :eye roll:
      • 4 Months Ago
      THIS IS THE KEY! Everyday motorists just don't get it as an organized group. Sure, individually we are all "PO'd". However, I still see motorists driving into an "Alli Babba" gas station or a "Hugo Chavez" (Diablo was here) gas station.

      TRUCKERS move our world, not just the country. NO, I am not a trucker, however I respect the heck out of these folks. As a poster vented, you see a trucker entering the expressway, move to the left (if it is a country you drive on the right, opposite if it is driven on the left). This way the trucker can get through his gears (which are many) and build up his speed. It also decreases his fuel consumption which in effect lowers the prices of merchandise on the shelves. See a trucker on a hill? Get the heck out of his/her way and let the poor guy/gal by. Yeah, yeah, I know, I am not talking about the maniacs driving a million miles an hour over the speed limit so cool your jets. I am talking about the everyday trucker doing their thing.

      TRUCKERS! Get organized! Do what you got to do. Us "four wheelers" will hopefully support you and we will all be better off for it.
      rjtmmtiii
      • 4 Months Ago
      Yes, most of you are correct in one way or another, but let's also stand up against these congress people serving 2 to how ever many years they do and then retireing with full salaries and medical benfits for the rest of their lives, and if they mdie their spouses get it until they die. Also, I don't believe that the mpast presidents and vice-presidents should get everything they get ie. like secret service protection and offices and libraries and their full pay also.

      YES EVERYONE DON'T BUY GAS ON JUNE 25 THROUGH JUNE 29, CUT BACK ON YOUR DRIVING FOR THOSE 4 DAYS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. IRAQ SHOULD BE GIVING US FREE OIL FOR ALL THE US DOLLARS THAT HAVE BEEN SENT OVER THERE TO FIGHT THIS WAR AND FREE THOSE PEOPLE.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Bush is an awful President, but considering the alternatives to vote Democratic cause you don't like George W. is like cutting off your nose to spite your face! If Obama has his way and levies Taxes on the oil Companies then our $4.00 a gallon gas will end up $10.00 a gallon. The more a corporation pays the more we pay! Wake up dummies for CHANGE ! I am an unemployed trucker and will stand by the other drivers if they strike!
      • 4 Months Ago
      Way to go truckers! And we all need to go on strike in one way or another. This is absolutely rediculous what is going on with our fuel prices. Lets all pull together and put our foot down, and until we do they are going to keep raising the price, and Lord knows they have already done just that. We out number our polaticion when are we going to pull together as a human race. We could do so much if we all dared to give up driving to places we need not go. Work, grocery store, so be it, but lets not waste our dollars on their inflated prices.
      c. ferguson
      • 4 Months Ago
      this is what everyone in the U.S. should do not just the truckers. We have oil but the rich politicians (many) have oil interests so what does that tell you. This has gone on too long and the trickle down effect is killing the average joe
      • 6 Years Ago
      GENTLEMEN, I HAVE A VERY HIGH RESPECT F/ YOU TRUCKERS, BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TRAINS. IT MIGHT HAVE MADE A NEED F/ LESS OF YOU TO BE ON THE ROADS.BAKE IN THE 80'S NO ONE WAS HAPPY W/ 20.00 A BBL OIL. YOU THOUGHT THE PRICE @ $1.25 TO $1.35 WAS A LITTLE HIGH. ALL OF US WORKING IN THE OILFIELD SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THIS.(FOR OVER 20 YRS) THE US GOVERNMENT WAS TOLD THERE WOULD COME A TIME WHEN WE WOULD ALL SUFFER OVER SHUTTING THE OILFIELD DOWN. WELL THAT TIME HAS COME. ( SORRY )TRUCKERS ALWAYS SAY WITHOUT THEM THE WORLD STOPS MOVING, WELL WITHOUT US OILFIELD HANDS GETTING THAT PRECIOUS FUEL F/ YOU OUT OF THE GROUND THATS WHERE THE WORLD STOPS MOVING, IMAGINE IF WE TRIED TO GO ON STRIKE ( HERE COMES THE MILITARY) ALL OF OUR WORLD LEADERS ARE TO BLAME F/ THIS MESS WE SEEM TO BE IN ( GREEDY AS THEY ARE )SO WHY HAVE WE THE PEOPLE LET THE POLITICIANS GET SO OUT OF CONTROL YOUR EPA IN AMERICA HAS DESTROYED THE INFRASRUCTURE OF AMERICA BY SHUTTING DOWN THE STEEL MILLS, GAS REFINERIES, & RAISING THE STANDARDS BY WHICH ALL OTHER FACTORIES HAVE TO OPERATE TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO OPERATE ( DAMN TREE HUGGERS) & DAMN LOBBYIST BRIBING OUR POLITICIANS. GIVE THEM A CHOICE EITHER GET OUT AND GET A REAL JOB OR GET UP AGAINST THE WALL AND WE'LL SHOOT YOU F/ TREASON. YOU AND I BOTH KNOW 90% OF THEM WOULD TELL YOU HELL JUST SHOOT ME. AS F/ THE PRICE OF DIESEL BEING SO HIGH IN THE US YOU CANT BLAME THE OIL COMPANIES F/ MAKING A PROFITE BY SELLING IT ALL TO FORIEGN COUNTRIES NOW CAN YOU. AFTER ALL THATS WHAT ANY BUSINESS IS ABOUT. MAKING A DOLLAR.DO WHAT I DO. PRAY TO GOD, THINGS WILL GET BETTER AND F/ ALL YOU NON-BELIEVERS THER IS A GOD, IF YOU DONT BELIEVE IN HIM AND YOU WERE ONE OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE F/ KICKING HIM OUT OUR SCHOOLS,GOVERNMENT OFFICES, ETC. I WISH YOU WOULD JUST GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY, AND I DO MEAN THE HELL.......
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